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Steve S.
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 5:30 pm    Post subject: [SOLVED] Window Maker Background Reply with quote

:D I'm back playing with Gentoo! I know y'all missed me...

How can I get the background working on Window Maker on this Gentoo box? I can get solid color, but no gradient and no image. I click on gradient and nothing happens.

I've installed window maker a couple of times, changed some use flags, nothing. What am I missing? I feel like it's something I haven't installed yet, or something.

I've got this gentoo running on an old pentium 4, hence running the light desktop of Window Maker. Also 'cause window maker is different from any desktop interface I've used. Running as root. Using only wifi. Posting from Firefox, so I've gotten a few other programs running, but haven't put a lot on here yet.

Any advise on getting this background up and running would be appreciated. Thanks!


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you tried another tool like xsetroot, feh or Nitrogen?
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hund wrote:
Have you tried another tool like xsetroot, feh or Nitrogen?


Good call, Hund. feh for the win.

I tried to run it from terminal but that would just open another window. Fortunately Window Maker has a Run option and typing in feh --bg-fill /path/to/file with a jpg worked great.

Good call! 8)
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now I just need to get it to run this every time Window Maker starts...gonna play with .xinitrc and .xsession and see if I can get it to go...will post back.
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, got it to work at startx:

changed /root/.xinitrc to this:
Code:
exec feh --bg-fill /path/to/file &
exec wmaker


and that kicked it!
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve S. wrote:
Ok, got it to work at startx:

changed /root/.xinitrc to this:
Code:
exec feh --bg-fill /path/to/file &
exec wmaker


and that kicked it!


Something is very wrong there. How comes your .xinitrc is in /root ?
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WindowMaker has an autostart file for things like this (~/GNUstep/Library/WindowMaker/autostart ); make sure the file is executable and put an ampersand after each command within if it will take any appreciable amount of time to execute as WM will wait for the autostart file to be executed before starting up.

The Arch Linux wiki has a pretty good page on WindowMaker - it also describes a different way to set the background image(s).

Great choice of WM, but you really, really shouldn't be running as root - there's no need to anyway!
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AJM wrote:
WindowMaker has an autostart file for things like this (~/GNUstep/Library/WindowMaker/autostart ); make sure the file is executable and put an ampersand after each command within if it will take any appreciable amount of time to execute as WM will wait for the autostart file to be executed before starting up.

The Arch Linux wiki has a pretty good page on WindowMaker - it also describes a different way to set the background image(s).!


Thanks! Good stuff!
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